We are deep into spoiler season for Conspiracy: Take the Crown and, I must say, I am excited for this set. Already I am seeing some cards that have impact potential for Legacy and Commander. Plus, this set looks like it’s going to great for drafting. After all, that’s what it’s designed for.
Let’s dive in.
First up we have to talk about Kaya, Ghost Assassin. Wizards of the Coast RandD hit this one out of the park. Not only does this new planeswalker have some cool abilities, they made the walker a woman and a minority. What really stands out to me is the fact that WotC really went above and beyond to develop a Kaya as they brought in Monique Jones as a consultant. Monique is an Entertainment Journalist and a writer at sites like Black Nerd Girls, Nerds of Color and more. In my opinion, Monique and WotC creative writer Kelly Digges did an excellent job. Hat’s off to you, ladies!
Let’s take a look at her abilities. Kaya enters the battlefield with 5 loyalty and, if you notice, she has no plus abilities, they are all minus or zero.
Her first ability allows you to exile her or up to one target creature. You return it back to its owner’s control at the beginning of your next upkeep and lose two life.
Why do I like Kaya? Well, it keeps a big threat from attacking you by exiling it. Which is great! Plus, if you feel Kaya’s loyalty is getting too low, go ahead and bounce her. When she returns to the battlefield she will be back to full loyalty. I like it.
Keep in mind I am not saying Kaya is going to have a huge impact on Legacy, but she might on Commander. Plus, when it comes to flavor and overall design, this is the card I want the most out of the set.
The other planeswalker in this set is Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast. Those of you who picked up the mono-colored commander decks from a couple years ago may remember Daretti as he was the planeswalker commander of the red deck.
In this incarnation, Daretti is once again messing with artifacts. Because of his color identity, I don’t see Daretti going anywhere but into a Commander deck.
As for reprints, the stand-outs so far are Inquisition of Kozilek, Serum Visions, Burning Wish, Phyrexian Arena, and Exotic Orchard.
This will be the first reprinting of Serum Visions in a set and, if you notice, it has been upgraded to uncommon. The artwork for it is the original Fifth Dawn artwork, thankfully. I suspect some people may have thrown a fit if the FNM artwork was used.
Originally printed as an uncommon in Rise of the Eldrazi, Inquisition of Kozilek is also getting a bump as it is moved up to rare. Aside from the Modern event deck in 2014 this will be this cards first reprinting, too.
Inquisition is getting a new art done by the talented Volkan Baga.
Another reprint I am looking forward to is Burgeoning. Burgeoning was originally printed in Stronghold and hasn’t been printed since.
When it comes to new cards there are a couple I already have my eye on.
Sanctum Prelate also looks like the type of card that could have an impact on a couple of Legacy decks. I could see people trying to work this into decks like Miracles, Maverick, or possibly even Death and Taxes.
Spoilers will continue to roll out through the week with 53/221 cards spoiled at the time of this writing.
Are there any cards you are hoping for in this set? I sure would like to see Cunning Wish! I am currently in need of one for my High Tide deck (I also need two Time Spiral).
Let us know in the comments below what you are excited for. Are you playing in a release day draft? Let us know how you do.
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